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When Dad Killed Mom

Title

When Dad Killed Mom

Authors

Julius Lester

Publisher

Harcourt

Publication Year

2001

ISBN

9780152046989

Pages

179 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

When Jenna and Jeremey's father kills their artistic mother, they struggle to slowly rebuild a functioning family.

Grade Level

6-8

Lexile Measure

780L

Topic

Family Relationships; Family member death; Kinship care; Incarceration; death of a parent; death of a mother; family tragedy; loss; family friend looking after child; father in prison

Main Character

male child; female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

father; family friend

Awards

Booklist Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, 2002 Fiction; Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005; Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Eighth Edition, 2002; Senior High School Library Catalog, Sixteenth Edition, 2002; YALSA Teens' Top Ten, 2001; Young Adults' Choices, 2003

Keywords

murder; elementary school; middle school; moving; fighting; gun violence; artist; trial; diary; adultry

Diversity Impact

direct

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